Denzail Jones | #23 | G
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Previous School: Norcross H.S.
Named to the 2012 Division II Bulletin men’s basketball All-America Second Team … South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year … 2012 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship MVP … Named to the 2012 NCAA Southeast Regional All-Tournament Team … Earned First-team All-South Atlantic Conference accolades … Two-Time South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week (2/13 and 2/20)… Named to the SAC All-Tournament Team … Named Daktronics Second-Team All Southeast Region … Scored a SAC Championship-record 50 points in the double-overtime victory over Newberry in the tournament’s semifinals and tallied a league-record 84 points in three SAC Tournament contests … Ranked 20th in the nation in steals per game with 2.3 steals per contest … Ranked fourth in the conference in scoring at 17.5 points per game … Led the SAC in steals, finished fifth in assists average, sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio and 13th in 3-point field goals made … Was one of just two juniors on the DII Bulletin All-America First or Second Team – with the other eight honorees all being seniors … Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference selection … Equaled school record for steal in a season with 69 … Set school record with his 50-point performance and set new school record with 21 field goals made versus Newberry … Equaled school record with seven steals versus Lenoir- Rhyne (2/1) … Played in 30 games, while starting 21 … Averaged a team-high 31.3 minutes per game … Led the team with 17.5 points, 3.33 assists and 2.3 steals per game … Sixth on the team with 3.5 rebounds a contest … Connected on 37.9% of 3-point attempts (47-of-124) and 44.3% (174-of-393) of field goal attempts … Ranked 20th nationally in steals per game (2.3 spg.) … Led the team in scoring on 13 occasions and assists in 19 games … Recorded 24 double-figure scoring performances, including nine 20+ outings … Equaled career high with season-high eight rebounds at Tusculum (2/15) … Connected on 14-of-16 free throws versus Lenoir-Rhyne (2/01) … Handed out season-best eight assists in NCAA Tournament win past Wingate (3/11) … Posted career-high 50 points vs. Newberry (3/3) … Swiped season-best seven steals vs. Lenoir-Rhyne on 2/1/12 … Has logged 924 career points in just two seasons.
Saw action in 32 games, while starting 30 … Averaged more than 30 minutes per game … Led the team in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game … Ranked 17th in the SAC in scoring … Named SAC Player of the Week on Nov. 15 ... Shot 45.8 percent from the field … Third on the team in free throw accuracy at 84.6 percent … Handed out 88 assists on the season (2.8 per game) … Led the team in scoring nine times and rebounding five times … Reached double figures in 17 games … Led the team in assists 12 times … Ranked 10th in the SAC in assists per game … Reached the 20-point plateau six times … Scored a season-high 28 points in the win at Mars Hill on the strength of 17-of-18 shooting from the free throw line … Ranked sixth in the league in steals (1.63) … Recorded six steals vs. the Lions … Was 8-of-16 from the field versus Lincoln Memorial (2/19) … Recorded a season-high three 3-pointers versus the Railsplitters … Dished out a season-high five assists on six occasions.
Played briefly at Clark Atlanta.
From Tuscaloosa, Ala. … Graduated from Norcross High School (Ga.) in June, 2009 … Transferred to AU from Clark Atlanta in December, 2009 … As a senior at Norcross, averaged 16.2 points, 2.5 assists and 3.3 steals per game playing for head coach Jesse McMillan … Earned first-team all-county, all-region 7-AAAAA and honorable mention all-state honors following his senior campaign when Norcross fell in the quarterfinals to eventual state-champion Wheeler … In three years at Norcross, Jones helped lead the Blue Devils to two GHSA state championships and an elite eight appearance … During his prep career, Norcross recorded an impressive 85-8 overall record … Jones received a “scout’s” grade of 86 from ESPN Insider.
Born on December 7, 1990 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. … Son of Angie Harris and Tom Jones… Undecided on major.